Barter Theatre presents “Winter Wheat”

“As history often proves, truth is much more exciting than fiction.”

Book and lyrics by Catherine Bush

Music and vocal arrangements by Ben Mackel

The world is about to change. In the small East Tennessee town of Niota in 1920, the Burn family is experiencing a lot of change all at once: Their first tractor, indoor plumbing, and a young girl who unexpectedly comes into their lives, while the country is abuzz over the controversial Constitutional Amendment that might give women the right to vote. This musical journey explores the personal relationships, the change in lives, and the stakes for the men and women in a time of deep conflict and controversy. How can one person’s action affect history? In the end, it comes down to a single state: Tennessee, and the Tennessee vote is to be decided by a single man, Harry Burn from Niota. A true story.

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